Responsible NASCAR Fans Rewarded at Charlotte Motor Speedway

05/29/2012
Responsible NASCAR Fans Rewarded at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Partners Promoting Responsibility at Track include
Coors Light and TEAM Coalition
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For Immediate Release
Contacts:  Laurie Leopold, Olson for MillerCoors – 312-577-1758, lleopold@olson.com
Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition 202-669-0357, jill@teamcoalition.org
Adrian Parker, Charlotte Motor Speedway –704-455-4359, aparker@charlottemotorspeedway.com
CONCORD, NC. (05/29/2012) – Responsible NASCAR fans earned valuable rewards at Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The track, Coors Light and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition partnered with NASCAR to promote responsible drinking and traffic safety at Charlotte Motor Speedway.330 fans made the pledge to be a designated driver for their group. All of them had the opportunity to receive a free souvenir photo, instant prizes and a chance to be selected as the Designated Driver of the Race. One randomly selected, responsible fan will win the Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes. The grand prize includes an insulated cooler bag branded with Coors Light and NASCAR along with two tickets and two hot passes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 on October 12th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“Coming to Charlotte Motor Speedway is all about having a great time, and we want all of our fans to be safe both at the race and on the way home,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We applaud these fans that made the responsible choice to be designated drivers for their friends or family this past weekend.”

“At MillerCoors, we believe that with great beer comes great responsibility and we’re thrilled to have Coors Light, the official beer of NASCAR, partner with NASCAR, Charlotte Motor Speedway and TEAM Coalition to help promote responsible alcohol consumption at the track,” said Diane Wagner, alcohol responsibility manager at MillerCoors. “For many fans, enjoying a beer on race day is part of the NASCAR experience, and we want to encourage fans to enjoy the race responsibly and plan ahead for a safe ride home from the track.”

“Responsible consumption is an important part of the fan experience at major sports events including NASCAR,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “Along with Charlotte Motor Speedway, Coors Light and TEAM Coalition, we at NASCAR congratulate those fans who have shown leadership in pledging to drink responsibly.”

“The success of the Responsibility Has Its Rewards campaign is a direct result of the commitment from our members and all the designated-driver program partners, including the tracks, beer companies and state offices of highway safety,” said Jill Pepper, executive director of TEAM Coalition. “Teamwork is what this campaign is all about. We are demonstrating that when everyone – including the fans – takes responsibility, everyone wins.”

About Charlotte Motor Speedway
For 53 years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has set the standard for motorsports entertainment and evolved into “The Greatest Place to See the Race.” Nestled in the heart of NASCAR country, Charlotte Motor Speedway is the only race vacation destination where fans can immerse themselves in the sport by visiting area race team shops and touring the NASCAR Hall of Fame before attending a race at the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway. Generating a regional economic impact of approximately $400 million annually, the speedway complex hosts three premiere NASCAR Sprint Cup races each year – the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500 – as well as more than three dozen other events for automotive and motorsports enthusiasts of all ages. Charlotte Motor Speedway’s philosophy is to always put “Fans First” and create memories that last a lifetime for all that pass through the gates.

About NASCAR The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for one of North America’s premier sports. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 150 countries and in 20 languages. In the U.S., races are broadcast on FOX, TNT, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, SPEED and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. NASCAR fans are among the most brand loyal in all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 100 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, and one local grassroots series, as well as two international series. Also part of NASCAR is Grand-Am Road Racing, known for its competition on road courses with multiple classes of cars. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., NASCAR has offices in eight cities across North America. The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway will air June 3rd on FOX at 12:30 p.m. ET. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.nascar.com. Follow NASCAR on http://www.facebook.com/NASCAR or on Twitter: @NASCAR.

About MillerCoors
Built on a foundation of great beer brands and nearly 300 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in the United States, capturing nearly 30 percent of beer sales in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of brands across every major industry segment. The portfolio is led by the company’s premium light brands: Coors Light, Miller Lite and Miller64. Coors Light, the World’s Most Refreshing Beer, offers consumers refreshment as cold as the Rockies. Miller Lite established the American light beer category in 1975, offering beer drinkers a light beer that tastes like beer should. Miller64 is 64 calories of crisp, light taste that complements a balanced lifestyle. MillerCoors brews premium beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft, and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light. Tenth a nd Blake Beer Company, MillerCoors craft and import division, imports Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell and Grolsch and features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisc. and two microbreweries, the Tenth Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver. MillerCoors vision is to create the best beer company in America through great people changing the way America enjoys beer. MillerCoors builds its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and sustainable environmental and community impact. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com, atFacebook.com/MillerCoors or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.

About TEAM Coalition
TEAM Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts, and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. TEAM’s members and supporters include NASCAR, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, ARAMARK, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Ovations Food Services, Beer Institute, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Brown-Forman, Live Nation, National Association of Broadcasters, Contemporary Services Corporation, Elite, International Association of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For more information, go to www.TEAMCoalition.org or www.RHIR.org

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